CHARLENE Donald and Larissa Klazinga are about as different as two women can be. Donald, 23, is bi-racial, of Xhosa descent and grew up in a Jehovah’s Witness home in East London. Klazinga, 40, is Jewish and grew up in a small gold-mining town in Gauteng. Klazinga is a vegetarian, while Donald loves to eat… Read More ›
South Africa is ranked number one for Internet Freedom on the continent, with the status “free” for while Ethiopia was ranked lowest, and “not free” – of the countries counted in the survey by watchdog organisation, Freedom House, last month. However, it noted there were two threats to SA’s “free” status: the Protection of State Information bill (Secrecy bill) and the lesser known General Intelligence Laws Amendment bill.
I have decided to start monitoring reports of internet censorship in Africa, and will write-up a monthly update from here on out. The update will include known arrests and harassment of bloggers and other netizens around the continent. This list won’t be limited to cases of state repression, but will also include private or corporate… Read More ›
Internet freedom and access to information is increasingly at risk as mega-powers like Russia and China seek to limit outgoing information flows and dissent, said Alexey Sidorenko of Russia-based Teplitsa. Sidorenko was the keynote speaker of day two of the annual Highway Africa conference on media development hosted by Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Today is World Press Freedom day, and in honour of that occasion my department of journalism and media studies at Rhodes University has organised two key events: the first is a meeting with the Support Public Broadcasting Coalition to discuss the possibility of an Eastern Cape branch; the second is a panel discussion about the… Read More ›